Google's been on a roll with their Doodles this year and today's is pretty cool. It's in honour of Yuri Gagarin, who on April 12, 1961, became the first human to venture into outer space. His spacecraft, the Vostok, completed a full orbit around the earth. Yuri was born in Russia on the 9th of March in 1934. Growing up in Russia at that time, he went through the Nazi occupation of Soviet Russia. As a youth, he dreamed about space travel and he entered the Air Force in 1957. In 1960, he and 19 other pilots were chosen for the Soviet Space Program and in 1961, he became the first human to fly into space. He died in 1968 on a routine training flight which crashed.

The rocket launches!

The rocket launches!

The Doodle itself is representative of Yuri's space travel. One of the O's could be Yuri in his space suit and when you scroll over the Doodle, the rocket on the other 'O' launches. The colours are nicely muted yet a little wild. Check it out at www.google.com.

Publish date: April 12, 2011 9:54 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:36 pm

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